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President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday his intent to nominate Shelly Lowe as chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). If confirmed by the United States Senate, Lowe will be the nation’s first Native American to serve as chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a legislative hearing on Wednesday, October 6 at 2:30 p.m. EDT to receive testimony on S.648, Technical Correction to the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation Water Rights Settlement Act of 2021, and S.1911, Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes of the Fort Belknap Indian Community Water Rights Settlement Act of 2021.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Native News Online announced today that Valerie Vande Panne, who refers to herself as a mixed-race woman and a descendant of several Southwest tribes, has been named its managing editor. Vande Panne previously served as editor-in-chief of Metro Times in Detroit, Mich.

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WASHINGTON — In addition to news already covered during the previous week, each Sunday Native News Online provides an overview of activity in Washington, D.C. that impacts Indian Country during the past week.

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation reported 74 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday, which brings the total of cases of 34,071 since the first Covid-19 case was reported on the nation’s largest Indian reservation on March 17, 2020.

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OTTAWA, Ontario —  Comprised of 634 chiefs, representing all First Nations across the country, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief RoseAnne Archibald has petitioned US Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland, “to vacate the previous administration’s wolf delisting rule and start the process anew.”

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WASHINGTON — Congressional members in both the Senate and the House today reintroduced Indian Boarding School legislation that seeks healing for “stolen Native children and their communities.” The announcement coincided with the National Day of Remembrance for Indian boarding schools.

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Phyllis Webstad, a tribal citizen of the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation, is a prime example of how one person can make a difference and create an Indigenous movement across North America.

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WAUSAU, Wis.—The Wausau School District’s Board of Education hosted a public forum Monday evening after one of its teachers was photographed dressing up as an “Indian” while teaching history earlier this month.